Peanut Vendor, Nice
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© Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy Baudoin Lebon/Keitelman

Lisette Model
American, Nice, France, 1933 - 1938
Gelatin silver print
11 3/8 x 8 15/16 in.

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Lisette Model's portrait of a peanut vendor in the market in Nice is one of the most sympathetic portraits that she made. With his bright eyes engaging the camera and a slight smile warming his face, the unidentified street vendor holds a burlap sack filled with peanuts on his lap. His tanned, rough hands reach into the sack, cupping the peanuts as if he is both offering and displaying his goods. Emphasizing his working-class identity and his job as a vendor, Model mounted the print on a piece of the classified advertisement section of an English language newspaper, possibly done after Model moved to New York.